Beads on the Ave combines an impressive selection of gewgaws with expert instruction from the likes of Tonia Turner, affectionately known as "The Bead Doctor." Inside the shop, Swarovski pendants, semiprecious and precious stones, and glittering pieces from local artists glimmer as light floods through them from the all-glass storefront. In the spacious back room, instructors lead up to 25 students through a range of hands-on classes, teaching them how to create stunning works of wearable art as they sip on brought-from-home libations. The teacher provides supplies appropriate for each class, though they may charge extra for specialty beads, more expensive materials, or top-secret access codes to the White House's ruby vault.
Like a community college's brochure, Greenlands has something for everybody. The boutique store stocks high-end cosmetics, skincare products, and vitamins that span the alphabet and then some. As customers hop from aisle to aisle, they'll stumble upon a wide selection of well-loved household goods including Pantene shampoo, diapers, cold medicine, Samsonite luggage, and electronics. A more exotic offering, yoga mats beckon to tense limbs from the tidy shelves. Children's toys beg for the attention of passing toddlers, and Ray-Ban sunglasses stylishly wait to shield eyes from the bright sun.
Flip through the packed racks of Kismet Recycled Vintage & Designer Clothing, and you’ll likely spy an ample stock of dainty peter-pan collars and bold prints recalling ‘60s mod fashion. But Kismet’s style hunters toe the line between retro and fashion-forward wares, anchoring their collection of vintage threads with modern pieces by True Religion, Jeffrey Campbell, and Christian Lacroix. They also patrol runways, fashion magazines, and the secret diaries of mannequins for inspiration for their collection, honing in on vintage pieces that echo present trends.
Experts at GMP- and FDA-approved labs channel contemporary research and pure raw materials into each of the supplements in Vitalmax Vitamins' online stockpile. Scrutinized by doctors before reaching customers' doorsteps, the capsules and powders tackle concerns from aging and weight loss to hearts afflicted by societal pressure to grow three sizes. The VitaGreens powder, a potent blend of more than 40 super foods including spinach and broccoli, heartens immune systems and boosts energy, and the popular Accu-Hear supplement works to stifle ringing in audio canals and sharpen waning hearing. To help ensure a steady supply, the Easy Ship program delivers select items automatically every two months, like a stork mistaken about the length of a human's gestation period.
It's hard to imagine that there's a libation out there that Crown doesn't carry. With a selection that spans vineyards, distilleries, and breweries from around the world, the bottles lining each location come from both small, artisan makers and those universally famed for their grapes or techniques. Home mixologists can cull inspiration for cocktails from a selection of top-shelf-brand mixers or pair their tipple of choice with gourmet snacks, from bush-pepper macadamia nuts to dirty martini party dip. But tastings may be the most distinctive thing about Crown Wine & Spirits. Whether customers stop in to try each location's daily offerings of wine or spirits—or for special tastings that cover dozens of wines, bourbons or beers—Crown's staff makes it easy to find a new favorite or to make up to your tongue for forgetting so many of its birthdays.
The neon yellow walls at Slash Fitness don't surround treadmills, bikes, or simple dumbbells. Instead, they shelter a spacious interior equipped with power blocks, kettlebells, medicine balls, and TRX trainers—primal workout gear that encourages exercisers to challenge their limits while seasoned instructors guide them through semi-private crucibles. Inspired by Combine360, this rigorous approach to fitness landed Slash Fitness an endorsement from workout-wear giant Under Armour. Each 45-minute class tests that company’s famed moisture-wicking prowess, summoning sweat while strengthening muscles, bolstering cardiovascular endurance, and burning fat. The gym’s instructors also change their exercises on a daily basis, preventing plateaus, boredom, and crippling bouts of workout déjà vu.